Please join us for a special presentation on one of the hottest topics of the year—climate change preparedness!
Climate Change Adaptation
The scenes of Hurricane Sandy rampaging through New York City last October stunned city planners on the East Coast, posing a question of whether to withdraw from the waterfront.
“It was, oh my god, it can happen here, too,” mused Brian Swett, Boston’s environmental director.
It looks like an enormous cubist bug, heaving itself out of the water of Boston Harbor. Maybe something out of a horror movie?
No, it’s a proposal for a floating block of residences — a whole floating community, really — on a site in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Floating docks are a common enough sight at Boston Harbor marinas. But these buoyant platforms may be good for more than just securing boats. An entire block of residences could be designed to slide up and down with the tides on vertical mooring posts.
Hello, I'm Crystal Aiken, the new Climate Change Fellow. In early April I joined The Boston Harbor Association as the Climate Change Fellow as part of my year-long AmeriCorps fellowship through New Sector Alliance.
Last Fall, Hurricane Sandy brought devastating wind, waves, and storm surge to the coasts of New York and New Jersey. Sandy proved to be the largest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic and the second costliest in US history. With climate change, the era of bigger storms, rising seas, and warmer temperatures is upon us. What can we do in Boston today to make our communities more resilient to the likely events of tomorrow?
As Bostonians who love to walk along the HarborWalk, you may also be interested in hearing about other places that have beautiful walking paths near water. I also love to walk--even in high heels--and do so at least two hours a day just for fun. I would like to introduce you my favorite spot in Seoul, Korea, where I am from: Chung Gye Chun Stream.
From the Boston Harbor Assn:
Most cities seeking to prevent coastal flooding use walls and levees to keep water out. Others, such as Seattle and Charleston, SC instead are developing “floodable zones” that preserve the city’s access to its waterfront while minimizing damage when periodic flooding occurs. We believe this model may be more appropriate for Boston than building levees or flood gates. We seek to research and develop this approach for Boston’s waterfront.